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Fright Night’s 10-year Anniversary Approaches


Photo credit: Downtown Improvement District

Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 26, 2017

By: Nicole Winans

The Downtown Improvement District will host the tenth annual Fort Wayne Fright Night on Oct. 21. The day consists of events for all ages, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting throughout the day.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Fright Night and we have an amazing day of activities planned Downtown!” said Downtown Improvement District President Bill Brown in a press release. “All the partners work very hard to produce an experience you won’t find anywhere else and every year it just keeps getting better!”

Rick Zolman, the events and programming manager for the Downtown Improvement District, said Fort Wayne Fright Night will offer 27 low cost events, with something for everyone. They are expecting between 9,000 and 11,000 people to attend.

Zolman said the event has not changed much over the years but this year there are few new events added to the list. The University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center will host the Dead of the Dead celebration, including ofrendas and artists who will be painting faces to look like skeletons. This event will also include live music, taco vendors, a beer garden, games, and more.

Yummi Bunni has also joined Fright Night this year. They will be hosting the Zombunni Ice Scream Social from 6 to 9 p.m. and handing out a $200 cash prize for the best zombie costume at 10 p.m.

According to the Downtown Improvement District’s website, the day starts off at the Foellinger-Freimann-Botanical with activities for the whole family, including crafts, games, mini-pumpkin painting, and a decorated outside trail. From 1
to 5 p.m. the Central Branch YMCA will host Trunk or Treat Soiree in their parking lot. Starting at 2 p.m. T.A.G. Art will be giving zombie makeovers for free at the Allen County Public Library Plaza. Then at 5:30 p.m. the featured Zombie Walk will start.

Throughout the day the Allen County Public Library will be hosting various events inside. Events include Not-So-Frightening Fun, which will be a zombie free area for small children to make crafts,  and Zombie Fun, where attendees can try their hand at zombie trivia and zombie games.

The library will also host a Walking Dead Trivia Challenge from 2 to 5 p.m. Winners  will receive a set of The Walking Dead graphic novels. The library will also have a photo booth, a football toss, a science lab tent where participants will help find a cure for the zombie virus,

As the day goes on the events become more adult oriented, with a car show at the parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Harrison Street running from 5 to 8 p.m. The History Center will be giving tours of Old City Jail for $3 a person.

The Cinema Center will be showing the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a live score performed by String Shift at 6 p.m. and their Not-So-Moving Picture Show art exhibit will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Here Come the Mummies will be preforming at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre and the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will host an outdoor showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9:15 p..m with doors opening at
8 p.m.

For details about more events or to learn more about the events listed about visit the Downtown Improvement District’s website at http://downtownfortwayne.com/fright-night/.